Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Barry, 15 March 1782

From John Barry

ALS: American Philosophical Society; copy: New-York Historical Society

L.Orient March 15. 1782


I had the honor of receiving your Excellencys Dispatches Containing two packages directed to the Honle. Robt. Morris Esqr Superintendant of the Finances of the United States of America at Philadelphia, and two Directed to the Honle Robt. B Livingston Esqr. Secretary for Foreign affairs at Philadelphia and shall sail in a few hours for America—3 By this time you have received the Account I hope—4 and as for the Ships going to Brest, I can assure your Excellency that she is not fit to take in Dry Goods, owing to her Working so much in a Gale of Wind— I remain Sir With Proper Respect Your Excellencys Most Obdt. Huml Servt.

John Barry

His Excellency Benja. Franklin Esqr

Addressed: His Excellency / Benja: Franklin Esqr / plenipotentiary for the United States / of America / Paris / Passey

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3He sailed the following day and arrived in New London on May 13: William Bell Clark, Gallant John Barry, 1745–1803: the Story of a Naval Hero of Two Wars (New York, 1938), pp. 255–7.

4We have not located it.

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